SHELDON LAVIN NOTABLE LEADERSHIP AT OSI GROUP


Sheldon Lavin leadership at OSI Group has seen the firm become a leader in food production globally. The company has the rewards and challenges of state of the art technology. Sheldon has been part of OSI Group growth from the 1970s. He has led the firm towards adopting new technologies and strategies aimed at increasing efficiency while decreasing environmental footprints of the organization’s operations. Currently, OSI management bases their decisions on sustainability as a critical factor.

Sheldon Lavin and the OSI group have received notable sustainability awards such as the California Green Business Award, Environmental Award from North America Meat Institute, Globe of Honor Award by the British Safety Council and the Global Visionary Award. These awards recognize Sheldon’s achievements of a long and successful career.

In 1970, Sheldon Lavin was serving as a bank executive and an investment manager. Otto & Sons was later named to OSI group, and at that time the company was looking for expansion funds. He played a significant role in organizing their finances, and he joined the company as a consultant. His position grew, and he was made partner at Otto & Sons as they sought for funds to be used in international expansion in 1975, the same year it was changed to OSI Industries.

Years later, Sheldon Lavin was made OSI Industries CEO, and chair after their primary client asked him to be fully committed to OSI Industries. Lavin got OSI ultimate voting control following the retirements of his two partners in early 2000s.

OSI Group is currently a large firm employing over 20,000 people in 17 countries with over 65 facilities. It was ranked number 58 by Forbes in 2016 among the largest private organizations. The company growth results from embracing new technology as an essential factor. New opportunities in the food production, transportation and storage were enhanced by the innovation of liquid cryogenic nitrogen freezing. Otto & Sons were among the first to embrace this new technology and construction of West Chicago facility leading to its transition.

Lavin spearheaded OSI Group expansion to Spain. The facility will double the company’s capacity in the production of processed chicken products; improve storage facilities, production and security areas. The project is located in Toledo, Spain costing €17 million to finish. Its 22,600 square feet additional space gives space for new service areas, storage areas, employees’ social area, receiving and shipping area and production hall. The facility has a new test kitchen to help in the improvement of products to meet the demands and needs of the expanding client base.

Sheldon Lavin and his successful ventures


Managing vast business empire requires patience and the necessary skills to achieve success. Having proper educational background is also a boost to ensure an entrepreneur has the skills required to run a business. Sheldon Lavin who is the current CEO of OSI Group has demonstrated proper leadership skills to enable him to run a chain of companies. OSI Group which is a meat processing company is located in Illinois, United States. The organization which supplies meat to various companies began in 1909 and was called Otto and Sons. Today, the company has expanded to 17 countries and now has over 20,000 employees across those countries and more

The growth has seen the company open processing plants in different parts of the United States like Riverside, Geneva, West Jordan, Utah and Fort Atkinson among others. Sheldon Lavin has served in the meat industry for many years and has the experience needed in the industry. He partnered with Otto and Sons in 1970 when helped the company financially. Later in the 1980s, he took full control of the company and now has full ownership of the company.

That is when he decided to transform the company into a global one and expanded, and plans are still underway to continue expanding it. Today, the company distributes meat to hotels and restaurants to parts such as China and Australia. Some of the biggest companies it supplies meat include Papa John’s Pizza, Starbucks and Pizza Hut. OSI group supplies products like pork, poultry, meat patties and bacon among other meat products.

Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group has been recognized worldwide and received several accolades. Lavin has also received various awards for being outstanding in doing business. He was recently given the Global Visionary Award which meant he was someone who achieved his visions. The company has also been awarded awards like the environment management award, health and safety risks by the British Safety Council.

Sheldon Lavin is also known for taking part in charitable activities. He has worked with various charitable organizations which he has funded to enable them to continue doing the excellent work. With his proper managerial skills, he will continue expanding OSI Group.